Recently, ATFA Board member, Brisbane Subbuteo Club’s Giuseppe Tardiota, moved back to his homeland of Italy, meaning his role on the Board became vacant. After a call out for nominations to replace him, Hugh Best of the Subbuteo Perth club came forward and all ATFA members were invited to vote on whether they endorsed his inclusion on the Board. We are pleased to announce that, following an overwhelmingly positive vote of approval from ATFA members, Hugh has now taken his place on the ATFA Board. We would like to congratulate Hugh and welcome him aboard.
Following the completion of the Spring League, being run in three of Sydney’s club – Northern Falcons TFC, Subbuteo Parramatta and Sydney TFC – the final three weeks of November were set aside for each club to take a turn hosting a WASPA tournament. The last of these was held by Subbuteo Parramatta at their Bella Vista Good Games headquarters. Nine players joined in, most of who had not been able to play in any of the other two tournaments in the previous weeks.
Eliot Kennedy, Steve Dettre and Adrian Elmer were seeded into the three groups, with the other six players randomly placed. Steve Diasinos and Gordy Dudley assured organisers they would be arriving, just a little late, but double checks were made to ensure they were heading to the correct venue – you can never be too careful with these two. After a year without playing, Jordan Kolaczyk was also making a return, sporting his newly hand-painted i-Base Professionals.
The opening round of games through up a few surprises. In Group 1, Dave Sultana was at his consistent best and held top seed, Eliot, to a goalless draw. In Group 3, Kostas Barbaris showed the results of a few months’ solid play against some of Australia’s best players within his own club, Sydney TFC, his defensive flicking being particularly good and surprising Adrian with two quick, well worked goals. Adrian pulled one back just before half time and found an equaliser a few minutes before full time but Kosta was unfortunate that his immense improvement this season was not rewarded more. Meanwhile, in Group 2, Falcon Steve Dettre edged past club mate Adrian Grunbach with a 2-1 victory, Adrian’s late surge making Steve very nervous. The second phase saw Dave eventually take hold of his match against Jordan, who was having his first flick since the 2016 Spring League, with Dave taking the honours 2-0. Adrian G and Gordy played out a tight affair, Adrian scoring a solitary goal to earn the 3 points. Meanwhile, in a real arm wrestle, the two Greeks, Kostas and Steve Diasinos, took each other to the wire, with Steve also finally coming out with a single goal victory. In the final group matches, Eliot gave Jordan a bit of a Subbuteo lesson as Jordan grew increasingly desperate to get forward possession. Steve Dettre managed to squeeze one goal past Gordy Dudley who was defiant in his defence. Steve did have one shot right on full-time which found the net. It was unclear to all involved whether it had happened before or after the final whistle, however, so a 1-0 scoreline was settled on. Steve Diasinos had all the possession and applied all the pressure in the opening five minutes of his game against Adrian E, culminating in a beautiful shot on the run that sailed goalward. Somehow, Adrian managed to grab his ‘keeper with his left hand and get it in the way of the shot, the rebound ending deep in Steve’s half. One possession and three flicks later, the ball was in the back of Steve’s goal from a shot from an acute angle by Adrian. The circumstances of the goal turned the game on its head, finishing 3-0 to Adrian, a scoreline which flattered him but which he was delighted to inflict on Steve.
In the Repechage play-offs, Kostas and Gordy played out a 0-0 draw before each putting a solitary goal past Jordan, making for a very democratic conclusion. The Barrage round saw a typically tight tussle between Subbuteo Parramatta club mates Adrian E and Dave. Adrian managed to score a solitary goal to maintain his unbeaten competitive record against Dave. Meanwhile, in their first ever match up, Adrian G gave Steve Diasinos a spanking, slotting 3 unanswered goals past Steve’s ‘keeper. Adrian E than, unfortunately, ran into a brick wall in the shape of the diminutive Eliot. Eliot bossed the match and ran out a 4-0 winner. Meanwhile, Steve Dettre controlled the bulk of the possession in his semi against Adrian E, but couldn’t find a way past Adrian’s staunch defence (though Adrian was lucky to see one of Steve’s shots rebound off his unattended goalkeeper). Adrian, however, did manage some of his own counterattacks and 2 of these resulted in goals, one in each half.
Dave maintained Steve Diasinos’ misery in the 5th/6th play-off, putting one goal past his team mate. Meanwhile, Adrian G made a complete about face from the opening round encounter with Steve Dettre, taking a 3-0 lead into the half-time break. Steve came out with a better performance after the break, winning the half but still succumbing 4-2 in the 3rd/4th play-off. The grand-final saw the tournaments two shortest players face-off (something to do with centres of gravity being an advantage or something). In a fairly dour, technical match, Eliot pressed for much of the game, as he usually does, but Adrian’s defensive organisation and flicking were meaning his ‘keeper had little to do. Midway through the second half, however, Eliot got the half chance that was all he needed after a poor defensive flick from Adrian, and took the lead. Adrian attempted to take the game to Eliot but didn’t create any meaningful chances, meaning Eliot was able to take the tournament with a 1-0 victory.
Another great evening of friendly rivalry. As always, a great thanks to Nathan at Bella Vista Good Games for hosting us with lots of room for our pitches. Over the three weeks of Spring League Cup tournaments, 17 different players were able to take part. Many have one eye on the Asian Cup approaching in January and the series proved to be an invaluable opportunity for all players to continue improving.
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Anas Rahamat (SGP) has maintained his #1 ranking in Asia as we move into the final weeks of 2017, while Cedric Garnier (JPN) has edged into second place in the latest FISTF rankings.
The next events will hold great importance as final rankings before the Asian Cup determine group seeding in late January.
There was not much movement at the top of the table, with Singapore claiming 9 of the top 20, Australia 8, Japan 2 and Hong Kong 1.
Most movement happened inside the top 50, with Northern Phoenix’s Paul Mercer moving up 10 places, and Melboourne TFC’s Luke Radziminski rocketing up 18.
Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was the biggest mover, leaping 37 places to 69th, closely followed by clubmate Arjuna Hanafi who moved 22 places.
With two new players in the ranking, there are now 135 players in Asia in the FISTF rankings.
In the other rankings, it was pretty much the same as last rankings, which could lead to some intriguing groups in the Teams event in Melbourne.
Latest rankings for Asian players.
As you may be aware, a legend of table football’s resurgence in Australia, Giuseppe Tardiota, will soon be moving back to his native Italy. Giuseppe, from the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, was the first player in the current era in Australia to travel interstate for tournaments, flying to Melbourne and Sydney regularly before there were any competitions happening in Brisbane. This set the scene for others to follow in terms of moving around to play. He then went on to form the Brisbane Subbuteo Club, while still keeping up his regular travels. As one of the foundations of ATFA, Giuseppe’s friendly manner and passionate play will be sorely missed.
Since the beginning of 2017, Giuseppe has also served wonderfully as an ATFA Board Member. As he will no longer be with us, we will be holding a by election to choose a replacement to fill his position. Calls are now being taken for this position. The position is that of General Committee Member and is open to all Open ATFA members living in Australia. All decisions made by the ATFA Board are always made following discussions amongst the entire Board until a unanimous decision is reached, so your voice in this position will be vital.
If you would like to nominate yourself for the position, please fill in the required details below. The details you give will be published for all members to be able to see to help them as they vote.
Nominations will close at midnight on Sunday, Dec, 3, with the vote to follow over the following week.
It was a beautiful spring day that trans-Tasman rivalry took shape in Sports Table Football.
Adrian Connolly of Melbourne Club Western Flickers was in the “land of the long white cloud” and took the opportunity to fly down from Auckland to the Middle Earth of Table Football, Palmerston North.
Some friendly warm up games over fesh and cheps (otherwise known as fish and chips elsewhere in the world ) were held between local champion Ignacio Lopez and Adrian the night before the big event, which was held on Saturday 28th October.
Three local players took on Adrian – the host and local champion Ignacio Lopez, Rodrigo Cardenas, and David Pacheco. Jokes about Chile’s lack of qualification for the FIFA World Cup were not allowed, though that didn’t always stop David (of Mexican decent)!
A round robin format was adopted, with the top two playing off in the final, and the bottom two competing for 3rd/4th positions.
In the first round Adrian stamped his early authority on the competition with a 5-0 win over Ignacio to the shock of local competitors. Rodrigo took the other clash 1-0 over David
In the remaining rounds Adrian took quite a liking to the “home made” pitch created by Ignacio’s brother!
Commercial fields should get advice on how to do line markings from him.
Meanwhile, Ignacio set himself up on his Chilean home ground Pegasus surface. Both Adrian and Ignacio comfortably accounted for their opponents who are were learning the game. Games also served as coaching exercises for the newcomers who both showed early promise and sound defensive blocking techniques.
Rodrigo took out the 3rd/4th play off with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The final though was a close and tense affair between Adrian and Ignacio with the latter rising to the occasion.
Adrian took an early lead but later in the half Ignacio equalised to go into the break level at 1-1.
However, straight from the flick off, Adrian recaptured his lead. The tension increased when Ignacio again equalised. Adrian went straight on the attack again and soon regained his lead. In the end Adrian was happy to walk away with the 3-2 win in a final the fitting finale of the first ever trans-Tasman tournament.
Watching the rapid improvement of the local players was the biggest highlight of the event.
A big thank you to Ignacio and his family for their hospitality.
Let’s hope that soon the Australian-New Zealand rivalry grows even further.
(Story by Adrian Connolly)
In 2017 we created our first official ATFA national playing strip. They are manufactured by the Melbourne-based Konqa company. All players are welcome to buy the strip (and non-players, too!), not just those officially representing Australia in competition.
We still have a limited number of shirts available, they will cost $60AUD and are available in the following sizes:
Please note that Konqa designs tend to be slimmer fit than usual, so order a size up if you are unsure. A comprehensive sizing guide for Konqa can be found by clicking this link – http://www.konqa.com.au/size-overview/
To place an order, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, shirt size and postage details.
Payment of $60 will need to be made to:
Account Name : Australian Table Football Association
Bank Name : National Australia Bank
Account Number : 980742375
BSB : 082088
The biggest change in the Asian Open rankings was the introduction of Cedric Garnier, who has changed his national allegiance from France to Japan, where he is a permanent resident.
Cedric entered the Asian Rankings at #4, while Fabrizio Coco moved into 6th place to challenge Peter Thomas’ #1 Aussie ranking.
Singapore claimed the top 3 places in Asia for the first time this year, with Bernard Lim (SGP) moving into third place on the back of his victory at the Sydney International Open.
Raffaele Lombardi (AUS) moved up one place to 10th, knocking Eliot Kennedy (AUS) out of the Top 10 for the first time this year. Kenzo Koi (JPN) also fell out of the Top 10.
Biggest movers were Christos Garagounis (AUS) up 26, Emanuele Funaro (ISR) up 34, and Steve Wright (AUS) up 37 places.
In the Ladies category, Beth Eveleigh (AUS) retains her #1 rank, while Æowyn Elmer (AUS) leapfrogged her sister Imojjen into second place.
Due to changes regarding qualification for age categories, there have been some changes in the junior rankings with players being moved into new categories.
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Ladies – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement – U12 ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U15 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement U19 – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement VETS – ASIA
FISTF Rankings Aug 2017 movement Teams – ASIA
During the recent Sydney International Open, we were joined by Sinéad Fogarty who filmed proceedings and interviewed a number of players. She has posted the following article and video on the Hatch@Macleay website…
Sinéad Fogarty meets the football players leaving it all on the table.
Roars of victory and cries of vanquish volley across the kelly green pitch, as the spirit of Maradona and Messi surge towards an atomic orange soccer ball. Players clad in royal purple puncture past a gutter-dwelling defense. A gasp, then a goal.
Yet instead of a stadium, we’re at the back of a gaming store. The pitch is just a few paces long, while the soccer ball mimics a marble. A skittle-like scatter of jerseys hover around several playing tables. Subbuteo is the fanging football you know and love, fun-sized.
“It’s a combination of chess, on the run, with snooker. So it’s tactical, but it’s technical, and it requires a lot of fine motor skill,” says Steve Dettre, from the Northern Falcons Table Football Club.
“The flicking, positioning and the tactics are different from football, but there’s still enough of a connection for the football freaks to love the game.”
Giuseppe Tardiota is one such football freak. A lifelong soccer superfan and hobby-painter, he has been a leading member of the Brisbane Table Football Club for the past five years. A focal point of tournaments around the country are his team of 11 hand-painted figurines. Each are meticulously detailed, down to a manicured moustache.“I used to paint Warhammer 40,000, a tabletop miniature wargame, and then I began painting the miniatures for Subbuteo,” said Mr Tardiota.
High-school art teacher Adrian Elmer also mixes creativity with competitiveness, joining Subbuteo Parramatta four years ago after painting the figurines since he was a kid.
“I run Subbuteo club at my school, and this year we had nearly 50 kids join in. In first term they try it out and practice, before we play a tournament,” said Mr Elmer.
Mr Dettre agrees it’s a great activity for young people as it helps develop fine motor skill as well as sportsmanship: “It’s a bit different from playing a computer game because you’re actually facing the other person – you’ve got to learn to lose, be a gracious winner, and accept the referee.”
Across Australia there are 11 clubs hosting more than 100 active players, many of whom hope to bend it like Benji Batten. President of the Australian Table Football Association, Benji enthuses the fun and vibrant community, and the friendships, are the best thing about the sport.
“When we’re on the tables playing, it’s a little bit competitive. But off the pitch, we’re all just great friends – there’s a real social aspect to it,” said Mr Batten, from the Melbourne Table Football Club.
Finger football aficionado Bernard Lim travelled all the way from Singapore for the Sydney International Open held on September 24. Representing the Singapore Lions Subbuteo Club, Mr Lim is aiming to reignite the passion for the game in his home country, which was very popular during his childhood.
“I started playing when I was a little kid but by the 90s the sport kind of died. In the last five to six years we have been trying to start a revival by getting together old friends, to help restart the whole energy and scene again,” said Mr Lim.
As the final seconds of the match tumble forward, flicks are ferried or desperately thwarted. As the siren sounds, the figurines are bundled into briefcases, before the players rest their weary hands … around a well-deserved bevvie.
– Story, video and graphics by Sinéad Fogarty
the original article can be found at http://hatch.macleay.net/video-a-fun-sized-premier-league/
This season, all that will be required is one simple photo for each player, and to tell us your favourite colour. We just need a current (i.e. taken in 2017) headshot of you. A few specific needs for the photo are:
* It must be front on
* It must clearly show your whole head
* It must be well lit, with even lighting
* It must be taken against a plain background that is a different colour to your face/hair
* It must be taken using reasonably good resolution
Because we know these instructions may be difficult for some to follow, here is a small chart to help you out. Try to get these right as photos that don’t follow the guidelines can’t be used and you’ll miss out on having your beautiful, Season 2017/18 card!
Submit you name, club name (if you don’t have a club, don’t worry, still send in) and photo and, lastly your FAVOURITE COLOUR, to Adrian at email@example.com.
As far as can be seen from the current records available to us, the 2017 Sydney International Open was the second largest one-off Subbuteo tournament ever held in Australia, its 43 competitors falling just a couple short of the legendary 1988 Sydney Open. With two days of action and seven different competitions taking place, there was no shortage of competitive fun for all involved. A strong contingent from Melbourne made their way up, with others coming from Berry, Brisbane and Singapore.Saturday saw two FISTF tournaments take place, the Women’s tournament and the club Team’s Tournament. In the former, the Elmer sisters played out a goalless stalemate in their opening round game before Charlotte Wright from Melbourne lost one game to Æowyn and won the other against Imojjen. This was enough to set up a rematch between her and Æowyn in the final. However, Æowyn’s experience came through and she was able to take her first ever FISTF title with a 1-0 win in the grand final.
The Teams was a much more complex proposition. Top seeds, the Northern Falcons, were drawn against Sydney East’s Hipfingerz and a Barbarians team – players from a variety of clubs without their own team for the tournament who banded together. In the other group, Subbuteo Parramatta drew Sydney TFC (largely made of players who had helped earn Subbuteo Parramatta their 2nd seeding!) and the traveling Western Flickers from Melbourne. The group stages went according to the form guide, with the Falcons gliding past their opponents and Sydney TFC making similarly light work of Group Two. The Barbarians managed to edge Hipfingerz in Group One, but the Hipfingerz went through by virtue of the fact that, as an unrecognised FISTF outfit, the Barbarians were not permitted past the group stages. Which left the match between Subbuteo Parramatta and the Western Flickers as the main point of interest for the group stages. While Benny Ng snagged one point for the team from Melbourne, the other three games went the way of the hosts, giving them a berth against the Falcons in the semis.
Sydney TFC continued their whitewash record with another four wins over their Hipfingerz opponents in one of the semi finals. Subbuteo Parramatta went into their semi knowing they had a glimmer of hope if they could all perform at their best. However, only Paul Magee could follow through on the promise, the Falcons putting Subbuteo Parramatta to the sword, exemplified by a 3-1 victory by Adrian Grunbach over ex-team mate Richard Wilson in their first competitive match in 20 years, and a 6-0 master class by Steve Dettre against the hapless Adrian Elmer.The final turned out to be the most evenly balanced in Australian Subbuteo history, going down as a final for the ages. With 5 minutes of the contest remaining, the Falcons had a 2-1 lead and one hand on the winners’ certificates. However, in a pulsating final few minutes, both Tony Credentino and Raffaele Lombard were able to put equalisers past their respective opponents, Hermann Kruse and Eliot Kennedy, to leave three of the four games as draws when the final whistle blew. This meant that Fabrizio Coco’s sole victory, against Adrian Grunbach, was enough to give Sydney TFC a 1-0 victory and the title! While all this was taking place, the collected juniors and eliminated opens players all played respective WASPA tournaments, with Oliver Ollnow coming out on top in the Juniors and Benji Batten claiming his first title in some time in the Opens. The excellent day’s play concluded with a live broadcast draw for Sunday’s two FISTF tournaments, and then two thirds of the players heading out for a dinner together at Frango’s, a great time of catching up with old friends and establishing new friendships.
Sunday morning saw an eager crowd gathering early outside our venue – Good Games Bella Vista – for a bright and early beginning to the individual Opens and Juniors FISTF tournaments. In the Juniors, twelve competitors were split into 3 groups for the early rounds. These went to form with seeded players, Jonty Brener, Oliver Ollnow and Daniel Sirmai each topping their groups. Charlotte Wright backed up her performance from Saturday’s Women’s tournament with a solid showing, going down 1-0 to new player Thorben Pfister in the barrage. In the semi’s, Jonty put two past Thorben, while Daniel Sirmai and Oliver Ollnow played out a thrilling 2-2 draw, Oliver finally taking the tie with an extra time winner. So, the final pitted the two rivals from Saturday’s Junior WASPA final against each other yet again. This time, Jonty put up a far sterner fight and neither player could wrestle an advantage during either normal or extra time. So, as the players from the Opens tournament gathered around, the two went to a shootout. In the end, Jonty held his nerve to take an extremely close fought 3-2 shots victory and claim his second FISTF tournament win.
The Opens saw a large field split into 7 groups. Here, again, the seeded players all managed to take top spot in their groups though not without the occasional scare. Recently returning to the game, Stephen Wright from Western Flickers sent a few small shockwaves around the venue when he accounted for Steve Dettre in their group clash, the battle of the Lombardi brothers went down to the wire before Raffaele prevailed, and Adrian Elmer was almost able to eke out a draw against a nervous Benny Ng before Benny’s experience held out.
The barrage round is where the dust really settled, with each of the top seven seeds making their way to the quarter-finals, joined by the founder of Australia’s newest club, Northern Phoenix’s Christos Garagounis. The extremely tight field meant that predictions from here on were impossible. A rollercoaster game saw Benny Ng come from behind to defeat his old nemesis, Benji Batten; Raffaele Lombardi narrowly accounted for Eliot Kennedy in the latest chapter of their ongoing rivalry, needing an extra time winner; Fabrizio Coco began to stamp his authority on the tournament with a 4-0 win over Steve Dettre, while Bernard Lim was getting into the swing with a 2-0 win over Christos. In the semis, Bernard made a big statement with a clear 3-1 victory over Raffaele, while Fabrizio edged Benny 2-1. Which set up a grand final showdown between the tournament’s top two seeded players.The grand final, however, didn’t start out as the tight tussle most were expecting. In the 9th minute, Bernard scored his third unanswered goal, his complete domination meaning the game seemed over almost before it had begun. Collecting himself, however, Fabrizio managed to claw a goal back just before half time to give himself hope for the second half. After a five minute break the players came back out and things changed dramatically. Bernard struggled to get a touch and, when he did, could not mount any significant forays into Fabrizio’s territory. The entire half was completely dominated by Fabrizio who forced corner after corner from Bernard’s last line of staunch defence. Midway through the half, he finally broke and Fabrizio was within a single goal of drawing level. The same pattern continued, with Fabrizio battering Bernard and Bernard holding on tight – with his excellent defensive flicks and, when needed, the odd great save from his ‘keeper. In the end, the opening three minutes, where Bernard scored two goals, proved to be the telling segment of the game. Fabrizio could simply not get through for an equaliser and Bernard held on to claim victory, and the title, in a titanic grand final struggle, 3-2. Four tightly contested grand finals in the weekend’s FISTF tournaments were testament to the success of the tournament, where every player played with determination, balanced by an overwhelming spirit of fair play across the weekend. A huge thanks to all who turned out to make this one of the most successful tournaments in our game’s history in Australia, traveling from far and wide to be here, and an extra thanks to our host – Nathan at Good Games Bella Vista – for supplying us with an excellent venue and all the support he gave in setting up, running and packing down the tournament. With plans already afoot to make the next tournament at the venue even better, the only way is up for our great game.
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